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Core-Mark Upgrades Platform With JDA

Partnership brings back-office software to the cloud
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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Core-Mark is integrating its existing customer technology platform with JDA Software’s offerings in space planning, category knowledge base and assortment optimization. This integration will enable convenience-store retailers to generate and easily access information to determine the best product mix, assortment and space utilization for maximizing turns and profits.

The space-planning tool uses workflows and 3D graphical displays to create space plans based on real-world consumer needs and behaviors. The category knowledge base is a relational data repository that manages a retailer’s huge volume of information to help staff make fact-based decisions. Assortment optimization is a space-aware planning tool that integrates spatial and plan-o-gram data with point-of-sale, market and demographic information.

When fully integrated into the Core-Mark platform, the JDA Software programs will allow for quicker, more well-informed and effective product assortment and placement decisions to help customers keep pace with evolving consumer behaviors. Plus, because it is cloud-based, the integrated user platform offers enhanced ordering options and easy scaling to enable growth; improves speed to market for new products; provides localization and customer-specific outcomes; and leverages centralization efficiencies that prioritize the most profitable products.

When integrated into the forthcoming Core-Mark Center of Excellence (COE), the JDA Software programs will help retailers and vendors gain real-time insights on trends and other areas of opportunity. They will play a key role in the COE’s Data & Insights Center, where a virtual product placement and store layout tool helps facilitate visualization of data-based design to create an optimal shopping experience.

“By adding JDA Software’s innovative solutions, we are further optimizing the ability of our technology to help our customers grow sales and maximize profits in the hypercompetitive convenience-retail market,” said Chris Murray, senior vice president of marketing for Core-Mark. “This integrated solution was designed to ensure upgradability as technology changes and business needs evolve. It puts customers on the cutting edge of technology and will be a focal point of the Core-Mark Center of Excellence, which is currently under development. Retailers can count on us to have the right solutions for now and in the years to come.”

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based JDA Software is a supply-chain software provider. More than 4,000 global customers use JDA’s software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) products to unify and shorten their supply chains, increase speed of execution and profitably deliver to their customers.

South San Francisco, Calif.-based Core-Mark offers a variety of products, marketing programs and technologies to more than 44,000 customer locations in the United States and Canada through 32 distribution centers. Core-Mark services traditional convenience retailers, grocers, drug, liquor and specialty stores, as well as other stores that carry convenience products.

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